Does this clutter make my butt look big?

Hello friends!

Seriously, don’t you feel like clutter and disorganization weighs you down?  I think I’ve reached a breaking point with some areas in my home, and am tired of spending so much time looking for things!  I know I’m not alone in feeling like my mental health is tied to the state of my home.  When it’s a hot mess, so am I.  So, as part of my 2013 goals, I’m riding this wave of organizational energy, and I’m hoping that I can continue throughout other rooms in my home. 

I have been reading the New Year’s Organizating Revolution series at A Bowl Full of Lemons, and I. am. hooked!  Seriously, I can’t tell you how much time I spent studying all of the photos of her beautifully organized home – it’s so inspiring!

This is the amazing closet I have in my home office – complete with organizers and everything.  But, it had gone by the wayside where organization is concerned.  Here is proof that our Friday night destination organization trip to IKEA was worth it!

The closet already had built-in organizers, (as you can see below), but I had these great organizing cubes that I had purchased at Michael’s years ago, to house my scrapbooking supplies.  I adjusted the shelves in the closet, so they fit in beautifully.

I purchased some chalkboard tags for my baskets, and I’m finding myself labeling everything in sight.

I scored the last package of vinyl chalkboard labels at Hobby Lobby and used them to label IKEA jars filled with fabric swatches and rolls of ribbon.

I used a wine crate for organizing wrapping paper and other hard to manage items (like the house plans that we found hidden away in a closet!  What a great find!).

I added a little basket (TJ Maxx) to corral my desk supplies (and more labeling, just in case you didn’t realize that bucket was for pens and pencils).

I can’t resist – one more shot of the finished space.  It just makes me so happy!  See what I mean about feeling better when the clutter is contained?  Organized = Good Mental State.
It’s funny, one of the items I came across in going through all of this was a JCPenney catalog that my grandmother gave me from the year I was born – 1971.  Talk about a good read – it’s hysterical!  Apparently matching outfits for couples was quite the rage.
The woman in the overalls is cracking me up.  “Why am I wearing the same outfit as this guy?”  Or maybe she’s thinking she could have had a V8…

How about this sexy little number?  You can see on the top left side of this photo, that this outfit comes in two stylish color options – purple and yellow or pink and blue.

I’ll share more of this space, once I get it all together.  Is it just me, or are you feeling the urge to empty your house and get it all in order?

A Bowl Full of Lemons

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    Audrey @ Neverending Decorating
    January 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I love that! And no, it's not just you. Spring cleaning is "cleaning", but as soon as the New Year hits I want to clear out, donate, sell, whatever…just get it out!

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    January 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I'm totally on board with the spring clean/purge/organize wave. Yesterday was our master closets, and 4 garbage bags of clothes later (some from my early Univ days circa 93), I'm feeling much lighter. Love your closet, and the special touches such as the chalkboard labels. Great job!

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    January 7, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Wow! What an incredible closet! I love the custom solutions and how much storage it boasts! You weren't kidding, you are off to a great start! Kudos to you!


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    Tara Bilbao
    January 8, 2013 at 12:36 am

    First of all I love your post title – very cheeky! Your closet looks wonderful, but I have to say my fav is the catalog. OMGoodness what a find. Those outfits are too groovy. Thanks for sharing your organization. I am off to look at some kitchen cabinets.

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    January 8, 2013 at 3:06 am

    I die over your closet. I want to go in there and close the doors and not come out! My house is a horrific mess and every January I am so fired up to attack it. Thanks for inspiring!!!! Loving the JC Penney catalog – that is TOO funny!!! 1971, ahhh now that was a good year!!!

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    Amy Marshall
    January 8, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Hi Jenny, The organizing looks great but I really had to comment on the JC Penney catalog! That's hilarious! I would be really interested to hear the prices too. I'm sure we would like to go back to those prices (just not the styles).

    Have a great day!

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    April Hoff
    January 8, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Looks great! I'm jealous of all of the drawers and shelves you have! 🙂

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    January 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I just LOVE the JcPenney catalog! It would be a hoot to look through that!

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    January 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    What a dream closet! I love all the baskets, jars and labels. I'm off to check out Bowl Full of Lemons.

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    VictoriaVM @ Frankfully
    January 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    The organizing and the labeling look great! What are you using to write on your chalkboard labels?

    And of course, love the catalog!!

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    Darby Hawley
    January 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    The wine crate to organize wrapping paper?! Genius!!! And you're right, that magazine is hysterical!
    Stopping by from Dog Days of Winter link up

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    Kristine @ Lovely Again by Kris
    January 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Your closet is dreamy now! Love it! You can't go wrong with jars and baskets and labels. 🙂

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    Mandy Hank
    January 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Ha! I cracked up at the catalog. I don't think I could ever get my hubby to wear those, actually I don't think I would ever wear those 🙂 Love your jars, I have those in my bathroom and they are just the cutest 🙂
    Just thought I'd stop in from Dog Days of Winter to link up

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    Jenn Leigh
    January 14, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I loved the idea of using leftover wine box for wrapping paper!

    So glad you linked up to Dog Days of Winter

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    January 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Your closet space is fabulous. I love every inch. I need to head to Hobby Lobby and buy out those labels. They're. awesome.

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    Tonya @ Love of Family And Home
    January 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    YES!! I totally feel like clutter & disorganization weighs me down! But I am LOVING your newly organized office closet!! It looks great! I love the baskets & all of the labeling you've done! It's a breath of fresh air! Thanks so much for sharing & for linking up to the "Organize It" challenge!!

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    January 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    This organizing challenge is contagious, isn't it? You've done a terrific job with your closet. Thanks for the sharing the fashion pics, such a good laugh, says me who remembers wearing such crazy outfits!

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    January 20, 2013 at 12:55 am

    There is a photo of my mother and me in the 70's with matching pantsuits (double-knit polyester, of course). It kind of seems like my parents did have a matching outfit, too, though it may have only been matching shirts.

    Beautiful closet. I have closet envy.

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    Lenetta Carnes
    January 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. 🙂 Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again

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    Jessi @ Practically Functional
    January 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Wow, great job organizing! It looks like everything has a place, and I'm especially loving those labels! Thanks so much for sharing this at The CSI Project!

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    February 1, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Woah, first of all I'm extremely jealous of your storage space for crafts- so cool! Secondly, LOVE the glass jar containers, makes it so easy to spot what you're looking for!

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